The petroleum-based matrix composition is a very complex mixture of compounds, consisting of a large number of individual chemical components with a wide range of boiling temperatures. When present in oil wells and pipelines, it forms a high-pressure multiphase mixture of crude oil, water and dissolved gasses. Under these harsh conditions where pressures can be several thousand psi, and temperatures rising up to 150°C, lighter hydrocarbons such as methane, ethane, propane and butane occur as gases while water can be very saline with high hardness.
There are numerous sensors available in the market of various analytical techniques but not many can evaluate and detect residual chemicals in the petroleum-based composition remotely at extreme operating conditions. Furthermore, there is also a technology gap between qualitative and quantitative analysis for petroleum-based composition and residual chemicals.
The company is seeking remote chemical sensor technologies that can characterise the profile of petroleum-based composition and residual chemicals in pipelines.
The preferred technology should: